SYLLABUS 2015 - 2016

tags: Arnhem, Jakarta


The DAI’s porous curriculum is a permaculture, a fine-tuned balance of consistency and contingency that allows for integration of the required competences and learning objectives that come along with our status as a fully accredited program, in a manner as non-essentialist as possible.

Please find the descriptions to the curriculum components below. First and second year students will co-participate all projects and classes. The logistical ordering during the DAI-weeks can be found here.

COOP Academy

Each year, DAI presents the COOP Academy to its students: 3 commissioned projects tailored around specific research questions, organised and tutored by our long-standing partnering organisations in the professional field. All students are expected to participate in ONE out of these three projects. Participation in a project includes attendance in the project during DAI weeks, self-tuition/home work outside DAI-weeks, occasional participation in events that take place outside the DAI weeks. COOP Academy aims to bring together a variety of practitioners in curated projects around shared questions and concerns that deal with notions of 'publicness'. Participants develop skills for artistic research, production and collaboration. The requested outcome will be defined by the project leaders and may consist of a group work and/or individual works.

ECTS 13 (first year) + 13 (second year)

Read more about the specific content of the 3 COOP Academy projects on offer in 2015-2016:

Publishing Class: Between Animals or Beyond Being Human

Practicing With Institutions, Instituting Practice ll

INLAND class

Roaming Academy

The three Roaming Academy projects entail both individual as well as collaborative research and production around specific curated trajectories offered by invited curators and their guests. Participation in each of the projects requires full presence during DAI weeks, self-tuition/ homework outside DAI-weeks, occasional participation in events that take place outside the DAI weeks as well as participation in workshops, seminars or performances or exhibitions on location during a research trip (this year to Bandung, Jakarta, Jatiwangi and Sukabumi in Indonesia), fully organized by the DAI. Students do not only engage with the production of works, but also with curatorial concepts and methods as well as with collaborative and/or individual research and production as well as with communication strategies.

ECTS 13 (first year) + 13 (second year)

Read more about the specific content of the three Roaming Academy projects on offer in 2015-2016:

Location, Location, Location

Non-transmittable Form?


How To Do Things With Theory

Writing a thesis is the final stage of the two-year course How To Do Things With Theory. Supported by both group seminars as well as individual tutoring, the student is expected to bring forward an artistic theoretical question arising from, and therefore closely related to her artistic practice. During the first year, this includes a crash course (academic) writing, the student prepares by further deepening her theoretical research, always in some relation to her artistic practice. At the end of the first year, the student should have laid the foundations for the writing of the thesis in the second year. The thesis must be supported by a concentrated reading of at least six titles and should have a minimum of 10.000 words and must be proceeded by an abstract of maximum 350 words. The text must be presented in English and will be evaluated by a tutor who is part of the How To Do Things With Theory-team, supported by a review written by an invited independent reviewer (selected by the tutor and approved by the head of program).

ECTS 14 ( first year) + 13 (second year)

Read more about How To Do Things With Theory 2015-2016

The Kitchen / Not The Restaurant

Every DAI week, the DAI organizes one full day of lecture-presentations by 6-8 students, according to a schedule. Thus, in the course of the year, each student will twice present research in the form of a lecture or lecture-performance of 20 minutes. 

During the DAI week in July, final lecture presentations or performances by all students, in the presence of all core tutors & invited guests will be organized. This will function as the final wrap up of the overall individual learning trajectory of the student ( next to group presentations / performances / exhibitions/ publications in the context of the curated DAI-projects).

ECTS 10 (first year) + 10 (second year)

Read more about The Kitchen / Not The Restaurant 2015-2016

Outside Academy / Free Space

Extra curricular activities initiated by DAI, students or third parties.                                                                               We occasionally offer our students (and alumni) the chance to participate in projects organized by (or together with) third parties outside of the curriculum structure. Students who wish to participate can be asked to send in a written motivation, after which a selection of participants is made by the DAI-staff and/or the organizing parties. The DAI can furthermore credit a student with a maximum of 5 points annually for other activities outside the DAI curriculum. These points are based on the professional effort needed for these activities. Points can only be accredited when a) the DAI receives sufficient and verifiable information regarding the students involvement in an activity ( which will be published on our Homepage World-section) - b) the activity is judged to be relevant for the students professional practice and/or development by director & staff.

ECTS: 5 (max)

Education and Examination Regulations

Education and Examination Regulations are a part of the Student Statutes of ArtEZ University of the Arts. A specific DAI-document established by the ArtEZ Board of Governors on 23 June 2015 has been made available to all DAI-students as well as to the tutorial team. Questions about regulations, credit points and competencies per project or course should be directed to Rik Fernhout, the DAI's co-ordinator Study Trajectory and Student Affairs.